Friday, 3 July 2015

Thursday, 2 July 2015

MPOV: The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.


Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

The above taken from Goodreads.

Goodreads rating: 3.83/5
My rating: 3.5/5

I read this first due to the many recommendations in my book club. True enough, it was a really good read with a refreshing storyline, uniquely Mark's. Loved how he could explained and narrated from the mind of an Asperger's Syndrome. I felt I could relate to some, if not all, the hindrance Christopher has to endure and also his parent's difficulties in bringing up Christopher. It's so pure and straightforward. The sudden inclusion of Malaysia towards the end was totally surprising. I guess nothing is as predictable as it seemed. Truly enjoyed it.

Since Christopher is a maths and science whiz, the inclusion of it in the book was educational. In a way, it does promote the importance of education and I liked that he thinks of his future. A very smart yet responsible boy even though he's not mentally as perfect. Actually, to think of it, it's more of an OCD thingy... just a little extreme, that's all.

Author: Mark Haddon
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Just July!

Finally, we have passed the middle of the year 2015!

There were many ups and downs during the first 6 months which got me thinking a lot. Really a lot as I was boggled with so many negativities. So staying positive was really hard. I may seemed happy outside but turmoil inside.

Don't worry, I'm not depressed yet, just confused and unhappy at times. Lately, been thinking a lot of my dad too. Perhaps it's just a phase.

So I've been trying to gear myself up to be more positive, brushing aside all the negativities especially acidic people. Reading more positive stuffs. Brain-washing myself with more positiveness. Not an easy feat as it is always easier said than done. Trying to achieve my long delayed dreams... my hobbies. Deciding what I want and need in life. So many questions but so little time and $$$.
My favourite quote
Enough of my rants!

Anyway, I've been quiet about my web log shop (blogshop) too due to:
  1. GST - I assumed many shoppers would reduce their shopping spree with the incremental of 6%
  2. Rental increased - I noticed that bazaar rentals are increasing hence a risk factor due to the decrease in shoppers
  3. Not a need product - I sell ladies accessories, bags and clothes which is a 'want' not a 'need' product hence another risk factor due to the decrease in shoppers
With the above risk factors, I have temporarily stopped participating in bazaars until the economy has stabilised, most likely year end. Also, since FIL has passed away, we have to balik kampung more frequently. As such, I am available ONLINE for now.

You can view and purchase my products here:
Pre-loved - https://carousell.com/sholee/
New products - https://sholee.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

MPOV: Cantin

It was either Old Town or Cantin. In the end, Cantin won as the staff at Old Town wasn't bothered to serve me after hailing them numerous times to order.

Cantin was the opposite. With a welcoming ambiance, the pleasant staff took my order within minutes and food was served timely. Food was average though but the service won me over that day. Teh Si was not overly sweeten and the sambal from the Nasi Lemak was just right for my taste bud.
Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng RM11.55; Hot Teh Si RM3.60
Nice and soothing ambiance
Total bill was RM16.65 inclusive of 6% GST, NO service tax here, yay! Average kopitiam in shopping mall pricing, no biggie here. Nothing fancy but basic needs / requirements met i.e. straightforward service with edible food.

Rating: 3/5
Location: T-026 Level 3 Mid Valley Megamall
Type: Halal kopitiam

Monday, 29 June 2015

MPOV: Treasures

Secret Star
Lieutenant Seth Buchanan's investigation was thrown into turmoil when Grace Fontaine turned up very much alive - and with one of the huge blue diamonds known as the Stars of Mithra. But Seth was finding it increasingly difficult to concentrate, with no mystery more compelling than Grace herself.

Treasures Lost, Treasures Found
Kate Hardesty had inherited a pile of mysterious notebooks, mapping the way to sunken treasure. Returning to the island where she grew up, Kate hired deep-sea diver Ky Silver - the man she'd left behind four years ago. But working with Ky meant more to Kate than any underwater riches...


The above taken from Goodreads.

Secret Star, was related to the Stars trilogy. Quite straightforward, predictable plots with the usual romance features. Nothing out of the ordinary except for the very quick death of Gregor, too quick and nothing suspenseful. Good for a quick and light read.

Treasures Lost, Treasures Found is a typical Nora Roberts plot of romanticism with misunderstanding in the middle which leads to happy ending in the end. A light read for an enlightened endeavour to de stress a hectic day.

Goodreads rating: 3.91/5
My rating: 3/5
Author: Nora Roberts
Genre: romance fiction

Friday, 26 June 2015

Adoption drive tomorrow

Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better Adoption Drive - adopt, never buy!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

#KLBAC Parents' Day Giveaway!

Recently joined this contest in #KLBAC with books courtesy of #Bookalicious!
Well, you guessed it... I'm one of the lucky winners! I have actually tried my luck in all 4 books and emerged the winner for Roald Dahl's book!
My humble entry
Finally received my prize this morning!
I am truly grateful to have won this book. I've not read a Roald Dahl until recently a colleague shared one of his short stories, Lamb to the Slaughter, which was a good laughable read. Another author to be added in my Goodreads TBR list now...

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

#ArtForGrabs (World Refugee Day)

Recently went to check out Art For Grabs (World Refugee Day) event at The School, Jaya One with Tyger, mom, sis and bro (sis and bro were back from Singapore). TBH, we nearly got lost as the parking and mall were really confusing with poor signages.

Fortunately, after going around, we found the event by chance. It was a little crowded with many wonderful locally handmade crafts including some made by the refugees. So many talented Malaysians! Really eye-opening and interesting but I feel that they should have gotten a better venue as this was a little tight-spaced. All in all, it was for a good cause so the location could have deterred many who might be interested to drop by. If not for my bro, I would not have gone too. Just my opinion though.


The beautiful bookmarks from Mah Meri! TBH, I should have gotten more lah...
Managed to swap 3 books at KL Book Exchange booth!
For more details, you can check out their Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/artforgrabs

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